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Pattinson to replace Malinga at IPL

Lasith Malinga and James Pattinson
Lasith Malinga and James Pattinson

The defending champions Mumbai Indians have signed Australian speedster James Pattinson as a replacement for Lasith Malinga for the Dream 11 IPL 2020 season.

Lasith Malinga has said he is unavailable for the season due to personal reasons and to be with his family back home in Sri Lanka. Malinga’s father is ill and may require surgery in the coming weeks. Malinga wants to be with his father at home in Sri Lanka. IPL tournament will run from September 19 to November 10.

Meanwhile Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani was quoted as saying by the franchise’s website ‘Lasith is a legend and a pillar of Mumbai Indian’s strength. There is no denying the fact that we will miss Lasith’s cricketing acumen this season. However, we fully understand Lasith’s need to be in Sri Lanka with his family during this time.

Ambani also stated Australian paceman James Pattinson is the right choice for us and adds to our pace attack options, especially for the conditions we will play in this season. Mumbai have Jasprit Bumrah and New Zealand’s Trent Boult to lead the pace attack. However 30 year old Pattinson is yet to make his IPL debut although he has been part of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise in the past. In all, he has played only 39 T20 games, taking 47 wickets at an average of 24.12 and an economy rate of 8.25. James Pattinson will join the Mumbai Indians currently based in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

All rounder Isuru Udana is the only Sri Lankan player to take part in this IPL. Udana will play for Royal Challengers Bangalore team .

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